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Street Shooting.....How

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by 369, May 28, 2010.

  1. 369

    369 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 10, 2010
    What mode do you put the camera on and what aperture do you select and how would you focus for general street shooting (E-P1).

    Also, I am using resolution of LN, should I be using LSF. Would there be any difference, I plan on printing 4x6 and mostly uploading to the flickr or picasaweb.

    Someone suggested to keep the IS off to save battery life, but wouldn't that cause blurry images. I have it on IS1 for now.
  2. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    369, I suggest you read this thread in the Image Works forum: Advice for street photography wanted please! where you'll find that Streetshooter addresses your question and how he uses his E-P1 to be ready for the decisive moment.
  3. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    If you search the Image Works forum, using the word street with the option for "show threads" you will find several other very helpful discussions, too - Trigger Mechanism, Photographic Tension and Street Photography - Advice and Tips please and others such as How to Become a Better Photographer: street search. Don't hesitate to add any questions to those threads...there's a ton of good information in them!:2thumbs:
  4. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    hi BB,
    the link is not working; or maybe it is my pc...:redface:
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  5. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    All fixed now - thank you for letting me know, Jim!
  6. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    What lens are you planning on using?
    How do you process your images, PS.. aperture etc?
    You doing daylight/low light?
  7. igi

    igi Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    Shoot at F8 :wink:

    If you'd really want quality photos, it's better to choose RAW but if left to those two choices, I think LF is better because it's nearly indistinguishable from LSF and yet more economical.

    You can basically turn the IS off for wide angle lenses and/or at broad daylight. For longer focal lengths (maybe >25mm) and/or darker environments, you'd really need it on.
  8. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    I'm not clear as to why one would choose to turn the IS off?
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I leave in on all the time......
    It's like Lithium for the camera....
  10. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    :biggrin: Me, too....I mean leaving the IS on.
  11. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    is almost always on , exception? tripod
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  12. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Right, that's what I thought with regard to the tripod though I must admit on my rare uses of the tripod, I have left it on even with my 20mm and gotten really good results.
  13. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I haven't used a tripod since my 8x10 daze....

    But back to the topic, I await a response from 369 about the lens.
    This factor determies all...
  14. 369

    369 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 10, 2010
    Shooter, I am just using my kit lens, I am planning to go for a vacation. I was wondering to experiment with street shooting on the boardwalk. I don't know if I nned to put it in A mode and then should I put in S-af, MF or what.

    Should I keep the lens at the wide end? and then how do I focus, on something that I am shooting blindly.

    Hope these are not stupid questions.

    Off Topic - Since the E-P1 does not have in-built flash and I don't have an Off camera flash, How can I shoot with this camera on the beach and not get shadows on peoples faces.

  15. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    With the zoomie, keep the camera in S-AF.
    It's pointless to set the AF to the AEL button with a zoom so keep it at the shutter.
    Shoot raw. On the beach, use the light to your advantage. It's there, so pay attention to the angle it's coming at and use it to accent your subject.
    2 important things happen in photography.
    1. You are a part of the scene. You are effecting something in the image.
    A response, eye contact etc...
    2. You are an observer. You record what's there with little or no personal effect in the scene. Think of yourself as an invisible voyeur.
    Your presence us only felt in the image because you recorded it.

    The Pen is wondeful on the street. Just relax and keep your eyes and mind open.
    Your Heart will follow.
    Set the camera to No Sleep. Also, lens reset to No.
    Put the Fn button to LCD on/off. Then you conserve power.
    Pay no attention to the histogram!
    You can alter any exposure after the fact but you can't make a miss a hit anyway.
    Call me if you have any issues....
    Pm for #....shooter
  16. 369

    369 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 10, 2010
  17. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Not really.... The advantage of a zoom lens, (zoomie) is to be able to stay in one place or one perspective, and be able to change your FOV...Field of view.
    As you change focal lengths on the zoom, the focus shifts slightly,
    called focus shift. So keep the AF on the shutter release so it focuses as you change focal length.
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